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IRB Junior World Championships - Match Day 2

IRB Junior World Championships - Match Day 2
Wednesday 11 Jun 2008 [9:16]
 
France set themselves up for a winner-takes-all Pool D clash with Wales at the IRB Junior World Championship 2008 on Saturday with a four-try victory over Italy at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.

Early tries once again put paid to the Italian challenge, with the French capitalising on a string of unforced errors from their opponents.

Just as they had against the Japanese on Friday, France found themselves ahead inside two minutes when outside centre Yann David broke through to send over left wing Djibril Camara.
Fly half Alexandre Dumoulin converted and though his opposite number Riccardo Bocchino reduced the arrears with a fifth-minute penalty from the touchline, the French pivot restored his side's seven-point lead with a penalty in the 13th minute.

Captain Thierry Lacrampe extended that advantage with a charged-down try two minutes later before Bocchino replied with his second successful kick.

Flanker Louis Madaule bagged his first try of the competition a minute before the interval but the Italians struck back yet again almost immediately, with Bocchino once again on target with a penalty from 30 metres.

The Italian defence was outstanding at the start of the second half, although having conceded a penalty close to their own line, Madaule crossed for his second try, which replacement Mathieu Belie converted.

Welsh referee Tim Hayes had to stop the match for eight minutes while France number 8 Wencelas Lauret was taken from the field on a stretcher, and a minute after the game restarted, Italy full back Andrea Pratichetti burst over for his side's opening try.

Belie added a penalty for France but the match finished on a sour note when France replacement centre Mathieu Bastareaud was sent off for a dangerous tackle and Italyreplacement Giovanni Massaro sent to the sin-binfor killing the ball at a ruck.

 

Wales struggled to see off Japan at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, but move into their final Pool D game against the French on Saturday night knowing victory will send them into the semi-finals.

After early pressure from the Japanese, Wales took the lead courtesy of a try from full back Jason Tovey. The Japanese were certainly not overawed by the occasion and dominated in all areas after that.

However, a lack of finishing power proved their Achilles heel and after Wales had found their feet, they wrested back control.

Admittedly, their execution and accuracy was relatively poor, with wing Nathan Rees and scrum half Gareth Williams both missing golden opportunities to add to Tovey's early score.

However, nine minutes from the interval, Rees made up for his earlier miss when he dashed in at the corner for a try that Halfpenny converted from the touchline.

Outside centre Luke Ford added a third in the 38th minute to ease a few nerves and Halfpenny's conversion and a try a minute later made sure of the bonus-point win.

To their credit, Japan gave as good as they got in the early stages of the second half and centre Aisea Havea deserved his try in the 51st minute after two quickly taken penalties deep in the Wales 22.

Yellow cards for Wales captain and number 8 Sam Warburton and loosehead prop Sam Hobbs handed Japan a numerical advantage as the game moved into its final quarter and while they were in the bin, replacement Masataka Mikami bagged a second try, as did Rees for Wales.

 
 

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